Stephen George Rae 

BA (Hons); BSc (Hons); FRSA

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I was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. While I have always been an illustrator (comic book art, technical drawing), my early career was in science and agronomy, working in Developing Countries on sustainable food production; and teaching AIDS Awareness in sub-Saharan Africa. My first degree is a BSc with Honours in Botany from the University of Glasgow.

Upon returning from overseas I studied for a BA with Honours in Fine Art at Cumbria Institute of the Arts; then ordained as a Buddhist monk for a few years studying Buddhist philosophy.

I returned to my art practice in 2011 and now concentrate on painting: contemporary abstract and illustration. In 2016 I founded Bardsea-Green Films, and we are now a group of filmmakers, folklorists and performance artists making sketch series, short films, and documentary. Also in 2016, I was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

The ‘Bard of Cumberland’ is a Cumbria-specific folklore and storytelling project that arose whilst studying as a Bard within the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I also have an interest in folk horror; the history of witchcraft in Scotland and northern England; and Ayrshire folklore.

I currently reside in Ulverston, on the edge of the Lake District National Park.